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Boy on trampoline

Trampolines are gymnastic equipment commonly sold and used as play equipment that children jump on. They generally consist of a strong, stretched fabric attached with springs to a metal frame. 

Most trampolines are safe and fun if used appropriately. But there are risks associated with poorly made trampolines and inappropriate use of trampolines.

While trampolines provide children with a great way to develop balance and coordination skills, children can suffer:

  • cuts, bruises, sprains and fractures if they fall and hit the side of the trampoline, the ground or a nearby object
  • pinches to their skin and other injuries if they get their heads or limbs entangled in the trampoline springs.


An estimated eight kids a day are injured by trampolines in Australia, and hundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for trampoline-related injuries. Don’t let your trampoline spring a nasty surprise. The ACCC, Kidsafe and state consumer protection agencies have teamed up with Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry to help parents and carers keep trampolining safe for kids.

Injury case studies

Date commenced: 25th January 2010
Serious injuries can occur if children fall while playing on trampolines.


Eight kids a day are injured by trampolines in Australia. Watch Australian Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry explain the simple steps you can take to avoid injuries such as fractures, open wounds, dislocations and head injuries.


Hundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for injuries related to trampolines. Injuries range from cuts and bruises to more serious sprains and fractures.

A 2007 baseline study of consumer product-related injuries, conducted by ACCESS Economics, estimated that in Australia during 2007:

  • 9006 accidents involving trampolines occurred 
  • 1018, or 11 per cent of these accidents, required hospitalisation.

The Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) reported during the six years between mid-2002 and mid-2007 in Victoria alone:

  • 7813 hospital-treated trampoline injuries, at minimumthat’s an average of at least 1302 a year 
  • 6148, or 79 per cent of these injuries were caused by falls 
  • Other causes were collisions with people or objects, and cuts and wounds.

MUARC found that trampolines were the second biggest cause of hospital-treated injuries on play equipment, just behind monkey bars.


Trampoline injuries reported at Westmead Children's Hospital in NSW almost doubled from 86 injuries in 2005 to 153 injuries in 2008.

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